COLONSAY IPA

BREWER: The Colonsay Brewery, Inner Hedrides 

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 3.9%

VESSEL: 500ml bottle 

TWITTER: @ColonsayBrewery

INSTAGRAM: thecolonsaybrewery

 

JYMI SAY’S…

As you approach the confectionery section of any newsagent you are faced with the same cast time and time again. You have the heavyweights such as Mars, Snickers and Twix. You have the underrated Bounty and Topic knocking around too. Then there are the ones that nobody in the whole world has ever even opened let alone actually eaten, I’m on about the likes of Picnic and Star Bar. But underpinning all of these you have the likes of Chomp, Freddo and FUDGE.

Now, do not underestimate a Fudge bar. Of my 104 friends only 3 dislike a Fudge. Ernie the bin man, Short Bob and Dave Baxter. A bar of Fudge may have a thin body (unlike Short Bob, his other nickname is Wide Bob) but it is packed full of flavour… and this is exactly what this IPA from Colonsay Island is bringing to our drinking table. And it’s a table where many folk may stick around for many hours drinking this India Pale Ale from the wee isle of Colonsay. See what we have here, (unlike this liner on the label losing beer bottles everywhere due to an unexpected wave that seems to be bigger than a cliff) is the perfect storm. A beer that tastes great and isn’t so strong that it will see you in your bunk by mid arvo.

And as a parting note I’m going to draw us to the information provided on the label….

Firstly a great fact: Colonsay is the smallest island in the world with its own brewery.

Secondly the ingredients state that Pure Scottish Water is used in the making of this brew. And you know what… you can tell.

Crisp is the word, is the word, is the word, etc.

Jymi’s Rating: 76%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Firstly, a big shout out to Colonsay Brewery for setting up their production; it’s the smallest island in the world to have its own brewery. Having this claim, though, will only get you so far. To make the claim mean anything, you have to produce good beer…
This offering from Colonsay Brewery, simply named IPA, isn’t a complex beer. It provides a sweet and light aroma, which is different to what one might expect from an IPA. It’s subtle, not at all in your face, and you have to pull deeply to get a hint of what the aroma is about. I really like the fact that it makes you work to get this sense.
The drinking is very similar. When you first draw on the IPA, it’s almost not there. You may feel a little short changed. But the strength of this beer is the more you drink, the more it gives. It builds up subtle complexities and, while it never stands up and shouts, ends in a refreshing crescendo of loveliness.
So, it turns out that Colonsay Brewery aren’t just about being the smallest island in the world with a Brewery. They are about making good, very drinkable beers. A big shout out to them, then, for doing so.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 76%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 76%

 

MOB review next weekend: BRAVADO by MAGIC ROCK

BRAVADO PRE

NOT ONLY IS THIS TWITTER PUSH WEEK.. @museonbooze

IT’S ALSO THE START OF THE COUNTDOWN TO MOB’S SECOND SUMMER OF GIN!!!

It begins in 15 days

It’s called #MOBSOG2

And you better be flippn ready yo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s